This transaction: https://etherscan.io/tx/0xfcf6acee992a6562aeb641fe830b93a6e6c3be9080eb3842909137824d6a7881, has an odd message that I first noticed today:

Although one or more errors occurred [Out of gas] contract execution completed

If I retrieve the transaction using EtherScan's API, EtherScan does not report it as an error transaction (and, I don't think it was an error transaction). If I look at the traces of the transaction by pulling them from a local node, many of the traces report "out of gas".

I was under the impression that if any part of the transaction ran out of gas, the entire transaction would revert.

Question: How is this possible? What happened here? Is this common?

Note: I will be more likely to accept the answer if you provide simple, Solidity example of how this can happen.

1 Answer 1


Yes, this can happen if a CALL is made to another contract. Only a portion of gas is forwarded, and so that call can run out of gas. If the "parent" doesn't revert on the CALL failure, then the main transaction can succeed while the call fails due to an out of gas error.

Here's one example of how that can happen. (Call A.forward(addressOfB).)

pragma solidity ^0.4.21;

contract A {
    function forward(address to) public payable {
        to.send(msg.value); // only forwards 2300 gas
                            // returns false due to out of gas error

contract B {
    uint256 foo;

    function () public payable {
        foo = 3; // not enough gas to SSTORE
  • Thanks. So, the transaction’s status field would be 1 (success), but the trace would have an “out of gas”. Is that right? Commented Mar 19, 2018 at 10:37
  • I believe that's correct.
    – user19510
    Commented Mar 19, 2018 at 10:46

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